BRANCHING OUT: Mos Def could be the definition of a Renaissance man. Not content with his music and film careers, he is launching a multi-disciplinary design collective named A Country Called Earth.
“I’m working with Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh from Art Comes First,” he said, pointing to Maidoh, a fellow guest at the Kenzo men’s show, held at the Académie Fratellini circus arts school on the outskirts of Paris on Saturday.
Dressed in a Kenzo blazer and shirt, paired with a djellabah and an Art Comes First fez, Mos Def — who likes to go by the name Yasiin Bey these days – said his collective was working with various brands. “Fashion, of course, but furniture, other consumer goods, household items, audio — a lot of different areas,” he explained.
Bey also has a residency at the Nouveau Casino club, where he is DJing for three nights next week under the header “Bright Moments.”
Guests entered the Kenzo show venue through a wooden building, where fresh fruit was arranged on the floor to form a colorful carpet. Carts festooned with bananas or apples served fresh fruit juice blends.
Between posing for pictures with Japanese DJ Mademoiselle Yulia, South Korean singer Taeyang said his band Big Bang was working on a new album and planning another world tour.
“We’re not sure if it will take in Paris or not, but I hope so,” said the musician, who has a devoted following in France. “When I arrived, there were a lot of fans waiting for me in front of the airport. It was really surprising.”